2022 Life Goals

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Some people have bucket lists—those big things they want to see, do, or accomplish before they die. It seems to me that bucket lists also go along with retirement—the idea that, once you stop working full-time, you can use your time to check off all the things you’ve always wanted to do.

I disagree with that post-retirement philosophy for three reasons.

Firstly, anyone who puts off all the stuff they long to do for years or decades is needlessly depriving themselves. Maybe you can’t take three months out of the year for the great American summer road trip to “see it all”, but you could at least take a couple weeks and visit a few states or national parks. Taking smaller bites makes you feel like you’re checking things off the list—because you are—and keeps you motivated while you wait for the next opportunity.

Secondly, who’s to say you’ll be in great health come retirement anyway? It’s sad to say, but many retirees have a few good years that they can spend going and doing, but then poor health or family obligations make them reprioritize and reevaluate what they’ll be able to do. If you want to hike the Appalachian Trail before you die, you could do it in your sixties—but the odds of success are greater if you do it in your forties.

Finally, retirement is not something people are wired for. There’s no word for retirement in the Bible—because it’s not a concept God created. That’s not to say that we’re to slave away our entire lives until we die. But each of us is wired to have a mission and a purpose that wakes us up in the morning and drives us through to the evening. Without a burden to shoulder, we become lazy, go crazy, and die early. If one is to survive retirement, they should not just be pursuing pleasure all the time. Thus, everyone needs something to do with their lives after work, which ironically means less time to do all the “bucket list” things, but likely a longer life span.

Okay, I’ll get off that soapbox. I’m a young whippersnapper anyway with a good forty years till retirement age.

While I do have a few big things I’d like to see, do, and accomplish before I die, I prefer to spend more time examining the short term to figure out what things I’d really like to do year to year. 2021 was a great year in terms of personal growth, taking leaps of faith, and having some adventure. I want to build upon that base for 2022. To that end, here are a few “shoot from the hip” things I want to accomplish this year:

  • Memorize at least one Bible verse each week
  • Read at least one book every two weeks
  • Buy a house
  • Rewrite, expand, and republish my book on computers
  • Write and publish a book of short stories
  • Build lean muscle
  • Build my business to six figures
  • Learn the ins and outs of cryptocurrency and blockchain
  • Visit at least one air museum
  • Visit at least one state I haven’t been too (Tennessee, most likely)

Now, how will I accomplish all of these? A goal without a plan is just a wish, so I’ve already started planning:

  • Memorize at least one Bible verse each week
    • I have started creating a list of verses I want to memorize and apply
    • I spend time every weekday morning, lunch, and evening reading or reciting the verse of the week
    • I have been able to memorize most verses by Wednesday, allowing me to start working on a second verse
  • Read at least one book every two weeks
    • I have created a list of books I want to read and (more importantly) what I will gain from reading them
    • I am dedicating time every weekend to read for knowledge and pleasure
    • I have been on pace for the first four weeks of the year
  • Buy a house
    • I am researching where I want to live, what kind of house I want, and how much I can afford
    • I have saved enough for a down payment
    • I will be working with my financial advisor to determine how much mortgage I could afford each month
    • I will probably move my business back to side-gig status (alas) and take a good full-time job so I can get approved for a loan
  • Rewrite, expand, and republish my book on computers
    • I started rereading my book to identify what’s good, what’s bad, and what needs to be added
    • I started culling through content I wrote for blog posts and sequel books that I will leverage for this book
    • I will start getting up to date on new and emerging technologies that affect consumers
    • I will start refreshing my knowledge of digital privacy and security
  • Write and publish a book of short stories
    • I have written a dozen or so short story ideas and a few storylines
    • I will carve out time each month to write one or two short stories
    • I will leave time at the end of the year to edit and proof the short stories, as well as to prepare for publishing
  • Build lean muscle
    • I am hitting the gym three times a week
    • I am starting to monitor how much I eat daily and what kinds of foods
  • Build my business to six figures
    • I am figuring out ways to increase the value I bring to my clients
    • I am figuring out ways to automate or outsource certain tasks within my business
    • I will strive to attend at least two local networking events each month
    • I am preparing a strategy to reach out to people who could benefit from my services (in a non-sale-sy way)
  • Learn the ins and outs of cryptocurrency and blockchain
    • I bought a book all about crypto, NFTs, and blockchain (making it one of the twenty-six I plan to read this year)
    • I have a free course on blockchain programming
    • I will probably try my hand at investing (or at least buying) Bitcoin or another cryptocurrency
  • Visit at least one air museum
    • I have found a list of air museums across the country and singled out a few that would be practical for me to visit this year
    • I could (and probably would) combine this with a trip to a new state (see below) or a vacation with family
  • Visit at least one state I haven’t been too (Tennessee, most likely)

All the details for these aren’t ironed out just yet, but I’m not concerned. I’m just being consistent towards achieving them, striving to make just a little progress every day (or every week in some cases).

Life is good and God is great. 2022 is going to be a great year. What goals do you have for yourself this year?

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